A nonfiction, web-based unit for 3rd-5th graders to learn all about birds.
Students learn about bird anatomy and biology, migration, nesting habits, habitats, predators, threats and conservation efforts, flight and feathers. Then, each student chooses a state bird to learn more about and creates an informational journal about 'their' state bird.
You choose which parts to do-- research birds in general, become an expert on a state bird, create an informational bird journal. They're all possible (and included!) Tailor it to your students' interests.
This bird unit has three parts:
1. Students research online birds in general, including migration, anatomy, what makes birds unique, conservation efforts and threats, about feathers and flying.
2. Students become an expert on one bird you assign or they choose. There are 30 birds to choose from-- the 27 state birds, the national bird, and 2 unique birds.
3. Students respond to writing and drawing prompts to create an informational bird journal about the state bird they researched to share with classmates, parents, and visitors.
Included in this zip file:
1. Step 1 Learning about Birds- websites for students to visit to learn about birds. You choose which ones they'll visit and whether it'll be a whole class, individual, or jigsawed activity. Completely flexible, you can adapt this to your students. Print it out or use the Google file.
2. Bird List. A list of 30 birds- 27 state birds, 1 national bird, and 2 unique birds- and sign up sheets in 3 formats. Students can sign-up for their choice, or you can assign the birds.
3. Step 2 Becoming a Bird Expert. Includes a list of websites for each of the 30 birds. Print out the website guides or use the Google file and have students work online.
4. Step 3 A Bird's Life. A Bird Journal of writing and drawing prompts for students to record information about their bird's anatomy, migration habits, nesting, eggs, food, predators, and habitat.
5. Step 3 A Bird's Life, a shorter version. Designed for use with the 2 domesticated state birds. Perfect for students who require modified assignments.
6. Directions for using the Bird Journal. A step-by-step guide to using the Bird Journal.
7. Student Notes. Designed to help students researching online take accurate and organized notes with proper citation. Print it out or use the Google doc version.
8. Suggested Student Activities. Writing, art, math and science assignments related to birds. Classroom and outdoor activities included. You select which to implement. Tailor it to your students' interests.
9. Teacher Resources. Websites with bird-related lesson plans and Citizen Scientist activities along with a thorough, annotated list of books for students, divided by genre and with reading level.
10. Teacher Notes. Notes for you to read before you begin that explains what's included and how you might tailor it to your class. Includes links to the 5 Google docs.
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